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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 692-695

Knowledge and Attitude about Dental Diseases and their Prevention among Primary and Middle School Teachers in Urban and Rural areas of Bangalore District


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Narayana Dental College, and Hospital, Chintha Reddy Palem,Nellore-2, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College, Fort, Banglore-2, India

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A study was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitude about dental diseases and their prevention among primary and middle school teachers of urban and rural areas of Bangalore district, their source of health information, their role in promoting oral health and to plan appropriate teacher training programs and guiding school education programs that might be utilized to rise oral health awareness. Study population comprised of 1300 teachers (750 urban and 550 rural teachers). The study results revealed that rural teachers had better knowledge compared to urban teachers, which is surprising finding because it is general belief that rural population are not having knowledge and awareness compared to urban population. The study showed that overall knowledge of school teachers was only 29.3%. The rural teachers had better knowledge which was 33.8% compared to urban teachers which was 26%. Overall attitude was better than knowledge in both groups. Several deficiencies in the expected knowledge and attitudes in urban and rural teachers, will act as a challenge to the progressive education, stimulating him/her to include teaching about basic dental facts in the school curriculum. Increasing the oral health knowledge of the school teachers provide an opportunity to educate an important segment of the public that has access to large population of young people.


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